Quote of the Day

Chris Huhne characteristically passes the blame…

“I have full confidence that my agent declared my election expenses correctly and I look forward to this complaint being rejected”

Exclusive: Electoral Commission Launches Huhne Review

The LibDem blogosphere whipped itself up into a sandal-throwing tantrum of self-righteous fury when the Sunlight Centre reported Chris Huhne to the Electoral Commission last week, regarding his election expenses. “Nothing to see here” was the line crafted by yellow-blog chief Mark Pack and fed down the line. In rowed various vicious weirdie-beardies attempting to debunk the complaint and whine that a dead horse was being flogged…

Well today the Electoral Commission have announced that they are launching an official case review into Huhne on the back of the same said complaint. Unlike a rejected complaint last week, the Commission believes that this time there is evidence of possible offences under the Representation of the Peoples Act 1983. They have decided further assessment is needed and will report on the 24th August. Looks like there is something to see here after all Mr Pack…

The View From the Top

Without a hint of irony Polly Toynbee said in her column this morning:

“Public perception of the shape of society has been so warped that most no longer know how others live, where they stand in relation to the rest, who earns what or why.”

Too true. Did you know the multi-millionairess, three-property-owning, Tuscany dwelling, bleeding-heart socialist gets paid £2,300 per week to write such drivel? Guido reckons you could fill a book with such hypocrisy. Now there’s a thought…

UPDATE: A co-conspirator emails; “When I was a glorified tea boy on the Andrew Marr show, Toynbee was the only person who ever made me remake her cup of tea. ‘What have you done? Far too much milk. Could you make me another please.’ Just what you want having been up since five on a Sunday morning.” Classy.

+ + + Tory Lord Taylor Gets 12 Months + + +

Lord Taylor would not be going to prison for a year without a combination of bloggers and Jonathan Calvert of the Sunday Times. Taylor, a former barrister, dishonestly claimed £11,277. For background on the case see Pesky Bloggers Do It Again (Nov, 2009). Amusingly he claimed to a co-conspirator on the Lords of the Blog not long before being charged that:

“For your information, the police have examined my expenses. The police are satisfied that there has been no impropriety or any other cause for concern. They have thanked me for my cooperation, and will not be taking the matter further.”

Alas that turned out to be untrue when it was challenged by a co-conspirator, that very claim on his blog set in course a chain of events that led to him going down today. He would have got away with it if it wasn’t for those pesky bloggers…

Turkeys Make Pre-Christmas Clucking Sound

Is anyone actually surprised by the fact that 81% of peers are opposed to reforming the House of Lords? Ironically that’s the figure that will end up being elected if the Coalition Agreement is implemented.  The Times thundered this morning that Clegg’s plans were facing a revolt. What did they think was going to happen?

With only four hundred peers actually doing any work, or even turning up, regardless of whether you think they should be elected or not, it’s time for a cull. In other news, public sector workers don’t like spending cuts…

David's Wedding Gift

While his little brother is away on his honeymoon, part time MP David Miliband has taken some time off from serving his constituents to top up the £190,000 he has earned this year alone. Speaking at the Hay Literary Festival, you can see why Labour’s “King Over the Water” chose to dodge his brother’s wedding party:

“If you look at the  Parliamentary Tory party and the Lib Dems, they have got some strengths over us. They have got more doctors in Parliament than we have. They have more military officers. The Tories are trying to open up. We have to make sure we look like the  country we represent, not just our supporters.” 

Very on message. Though he has a better view from the back rather than the front…

“We should be for the Big Society. Why should we allow a piece of political positioning to rob us of an important part of our political identity? I never understood that in the last government Gordon Brown’s instinct was to fight Big Society. They are reoccupying ground we previously held.”

David’s Movement For Change is signed up to the BS as well as providing an alternative loyal foot-soldier following…

“I didn’t want to play into a soap opera, but I want to help in any way I can, Labour need support in order to break the mould of Labour lapsing into long-term opposition.”

Comments like that are particularly helpful…

What Are Guardianistas Reading Nowadays?


No further evidence m’lord, the prosecution rests its case…

Rich & Mark's Monday Morning View

A Month of Sundays

It’s now been a month of Sunday paper hounding for Huhne. After four consecutive weeks he still limps on. The Mail says he refused to answer certain questions when asked by the police. It is your right to remain silent for fear of incriminating yourself.

GPS tells us that Vicky Pryce could not in all likelihood have gone from a dinner in London to Stansted airport to collect her husband, and back to the M11 southbound speed camera before 11.34…

The speed camera is said to have caught a car with the number plate H11 HNE at 11.23.

Guido understands that if the police got a Court Order against the Sunday Times they would obtain interesting evidence. Though other papers suggest it could be couple of weeks yet, intriguingly the Indy, who are no enemy of Huhne, say a file will go to the CPS this week. Even without answers from the couple, the evidence is piling up, trial by media is at an end…

Quote of the Day

Douglas Alexander reckons…

“Ultimately, Labour wins by offering a better tomorrow and not a better yesterday.”

Margaret Thatcher Impersonator Janet Brown Dies

Sad to report that Janet Brown, famous for her impersonation of Margaret Thatcher, has died at 87. She died in her sleep after a short illness at a nursing home in Hove, East Sussex.

Her Maggie impersonation was legendary in the 70s and 80s and she played the Iron Lady in For Your Eyes Only. She was aged 87. Margaret Thatcher is 85 years old…

Exclusive: Dave the Rave Easyjets to Ibiza


Guido understands that the PM was on a crack-of-dawn flight to Ibiza this morning. He paid for premium boarding. Sam flew out yesterday, again on Easyjet taking the baby but leaving the rest of the kids at home. She also took Friday’s Easyjet 3043 which leaves Stansted at 6 a.m. and is known as the “Sunrise flight” in tribute to the legendary rave organisation.
[vodpod id=Video.9746149&w=480&h=350&fv=%26amp%3Bcontrolbar%3Dover%26amp%3Bfile%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.ibizaclubs.tv%252Fvdo%252Ffmif_ims.mp4%26amp%3Bplugins%3Dviral-2d]Samantha Cameron was spotted last night at the International Music Summit’s Dalt Villa party in Ibiza with lots of young ravers and Pete Tong on the decks (above is footage from 2010). Turning 40 clearly hasn’t stopped her raving…

UPDATE: Tomorrow night sees this season’s official opening night parties for Space and Cadenza at Pacha – the super clubs. Happy days…

Saturday Seven Up

7upLast week was a monster of a week with super-injunctions, and the breaking of them, driving readers here to find out more as the papers held back for fear of Schillings. Twitter triumphed beating Schillings and the judges with a little help from transparency campaigner John Hemming MP. In a chilling legal environment we kept readers up to date with the battle and made the case against Schillings forcefully.

This blog has also been at the forefront of the Huhne hunt, pushing it along and tracking every development in a story which is now entering its fourth week. You have to admire Huhne’s limpet-like quality in the face of adversity. He spins even faster than he drives, yesterday The Telegraph fell for his line (Guido was sceptical from the outset) and it took until yesterday evening before Vicky Pryce got her rebuttal out via Michael Crick. We’re eagerly awaiting what could be the fourth Sunday of newspaper coverage tomorrow…

All this newsflow made last week the busiest week of the year so far, Monday alone saw 104,923 page views from readers keen on discovering more about super-injunctions and the latest developments in the Huhne saga. The week saw 119,737 visitors making 348,984 visits to view 582,110 pages. Thanks to you we’re Britain’s favourite blog, the one you love and they hate. The top stories last week in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Sexy MP Site Titillates Parliament

Just when bored bag-carriers were wondering what they were going to do with themselves for the whole of recess, along comes SexyMP.co.uk. Someone clearly watched The Social Network and decided to bring the earliest version of “the facebook” to Westminster. The rules are very simple, you are presented with a picture of two MPs and you chose which one you would sleep with. The more points an MP the higher they go up the rankings:

Enjoy…

Crick Debunks Huhne's Telegraph Spin

Regarding the Telegraph’s report this morning that Vicky Pryce had not co-operated with the police,  Huhne has briefed their crime correspondent, Mark Hughes, that he doesn’t think his estranged wife pulled the trigger:

“We have always thought that she was never going to make that allegation. But we didn’t know what she was going to do, she had made the allegation to the press, how did we know what she was going to say to the police? I think the phrase that has been used is that her allegations were to wound not to kill, because even if this all goes away she has still caused a huge storm. Chris is confident, but his confidence is not just because she hasn’t told the police anything, it comes from the fact that he hasn’t done anything.”

Enter stage right Newsnight’s Michael Crick with a comprehensive rebuttal of The Telegraph’s story. Crick says he has learnt:

Vicky Pryce is “irritated” by the report. “It’s rubbish that she’s not co-operating.” Ka-pow

Huhne’s car was photographed at around 11.20pm on the night in question, Huhne landed at nearby Stansted just under an hour before, while his wife was 40 miles away. Spin that.

As Guido said  there is evidence from Pryce to satisfy newspaper lawyers, according to Crick she has pledged to back up the papers in court if necessary. We might see this on Sunday. Boom.

Huhne's Expenses Developments

The former LibDem councillors who recorded conversations about Huhne’s election expenses, and gave the transcript to the Mail, have just had their complaint that Huhne overspent last year rejected by the Electoral Commission. The figures given on the tape included general and local elections so there was no direct evidence of an overspend or that Huhne had any knowledge of it. Some costs can be split if the item is re-useable (as the agent says did in fact happen on tape), so only part of the cost gets declared. There was “no specific evidence that expenditure was under-reported.”

There were also allegations of undeclared donations, though it seems they were actually loans which had been properly declared to the Commission. Huhne has commented saying how grateful he is to the Commission for looking into this “quickly and thoroughly”. Though he should think twice before any sighs of relief…

Yesterday’s Sunlight Centre complaint did have specific expenditure details. Specifics that have led the Commission to say today that they are “urgently considering the allegations”, though due to depth, they will not be able to make the decision to launch a formal enquiry before the weekend.

Despite the protestations of LibDem bloggers, it seems that the Commission doesn’t share Mark Pack’s view thatthere is nothing to see here and hasn’t dismissed the allegations which he has spent the last two days trying to rubbish. Could it be because these same tricks are used by LibDems in other marginal constituencies…

Friday Caption Contest (Wed Ed Edition)

Another Day Another Balls Up

Given how noisy we know Balls can be when he wants to, he’s certainly got Gordon’s Macavity act down to a tee today. Which is hardly surprising given the savaging he just got in the High Court.

Blinky Balls

Balls failed to give controversial child services boss, Sharon Shoesmith, who does have a lot to answer for over the Baby Peter case, any chance to defend herself after he commissioned an Ofsted report that slammed her. He fired her live on TV instead and “she was denied the elementary fairness which the law requires.”

Balls will be hoping he has better luck at his next day in court on 1st June, where his former landlord is suing him.

Guido's Gift To Wed Ed

Guido’s quest to find Ed and Justine a wedding present has been made a lot easier this morning. Apparently the Labour inner-circle did a whip around and bought Wed Ed an iPad as a present. A self-professed “square”, Ed was once a Rubik’s Cube expert, though he claims to be a little bit rusty these days. Guido has found Ed the perfect App for his new toy – Rubik’s Cube for iPad:

Hours of amusement for the reluctant hubby…

Here in the Guy Newsroom we will have a drink to celebrate the successful completion of our campaign to get Ed to do the right thing and make an honest woman of Justine, the mother of his children. It wasn’t easy, in January he told Piers Morgan “She’s not my wife. Thank God for that, probably”. Which seemed an odd thing to say. Now he is embracing the institution of marriage with enthusiasm:

No need to thank us Mrs Miliband…

Quote of the Day

Frankie Boyle tells The Sun

“If Ryan Giggs was so desperate to keep his name out of the papers and television news he should have just changed it to Miliband.”[…] Read the rest

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